Recent findings in Ancient Irish DNA
We are engaged in analysis of genome variation in archaeological bone. They vary in age and some are up to 6000 years old. This year saw the publication of our paper reporting on the analysis of four such skeletons which were found in Rathlin Island and Ballynahatty in the North of Ireland. I will also talk about our analysis of Roman era skeletons from York – the first genomes from ancient Britons.
Dan Bradley spent his early years on an Irish farm. After a degree in genetics from Cambridge University and a PhD in medical genetics from Trinity College Dublin he subsequently started to work on the genetics of each species present on that farm, including Irish humans, and has done for over 20 years. Current research focuses on ancient genomics. He holds a Personal Chair in the Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin, is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and is the holder of an ERC Advanced Grant.